Sea of pink takes over Carlisle as women Race For Life


Sun cream and plenty of water were the order of the day as hundreds of women took part in the Race For Life in Carlisle earlier today.

There was glitter, ribbons, wigs, tutus, angel wings and a sea of pink t-shirts as more than 1,000 women and girls from across Cumbria and south Scotland took part.

More than £100,000 was raised for Cancer Research UK from the weekend’s events which included the 5k Pretty Muddy obstacle course on Saturday and today’s 5k and 10k routes round Bitts Park.

Cancer Research UK organiser, Fran Kippax-Geary, said: “It has been an incredible weekend.

“The inflatable team at the Pretty Muddy event said it was the best event they had been to.

“The enthusiasm and gusto shown by the women there and again today is amazing.

“It is Father’s today, but we have had such great support from everyone taking part and the volunteers who have come out to help us. It has been an amazing event.”

Some who took part just wanted to raise money for the charity, like Eli Richmond from Carlisle who was the first home in the 10k race with the impressive time of 42 minutes.

Others had deeply personal reasons, such as losing loved ones to cancer, or having cancer themselves.

Jayne Fullerton was running with some friends in memory of her mother, Angela. She was diagnosed with bowel cancer three years ago and died last September.

Jayne, 24, of Cotehill, Carlisle said: “I’m not a runner, but I have done it every year since mum was diagnosed.

“Mum walked it with some friends last year and this year we decided to do the Pretty Muddy course and the 10k.”

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